For more info about my Africa 2009 mission, click here.
For more info about my Africa 2010 mission, click here.
In 2009, I just happened to have a bad tooth ache. Something I don’t normally have. I went to my dentist, and as I sat in the chair, I listened to the conversation between my dentist, Dr. Lunt, and his assistant. They talked about an upcoming mission trip with other doctors and medical staff from this area going to help those in Ethiopia, Africa. As I listened, I yearned to go because I always wanted to do medical missions, but I’m not medically trained. The conversation turned towards finding someone to assist Dr. Lunt, because none of his staff could go. I knew God gave me a sore tooth for a reason!
My heart started to pound, and I felt as if God was sitting on my chest telling me I could go. I argued in my mind that I wasn’t qualified since I’m not medically trained, but then I felt as if God was saying he’d take care of the qualifications. I felt apprehensive, but suddenly blurted out through the dental tools…”I’ll go.” God took care of the rest! I fundraised enough money, learned as much as of could of the Oromo Ethiopian language, and went to Africa. I went with the group for one month on the mission in 2009, and volunteered for another month in 2010. I ended up cleaning medical tools, and speaking in Oromo to the patients. Hundreds of people would migrate in to receive medical care. They would sleep on the dirt waiting for the doctors to arrive. I would often cry privately. Both were total life changing experiences for me. I love Africa and the people of Africa. They were tough people!
It was overwhelming and eye-opening. No running water, no showers, no clean drinking water. I saw people bathing in the creek along with the cows and goats. I saw numerous diseases. I saw people with the worst decayed teeth ever. I saw people with the largest goiters ever. I saw people filled with parasites. I saw people starving. I saw people dying. But I also saw people with a hope. Their joy, even without all the luxuries we have, was contagious.
Please read my two mission reports. I do caution, they are real as happened, and some photos may be somewhat graphic. The diseases are real, and we don’t see this in America. But it is truly written as they live. My suggestion, other than joining us for a mission, is to help with World Vision. I saw their location in Ethiopia, and I was impressed. I just wanted to scream out loud, “Thank you World Vision!!” Those volunteers must be angles themselves!
Isaiah 6:8 – “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian Organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.